The inhabitants of the village of Poland on Kiritimati greeted the New Year at the earliest, the largest island of Kiribati, a country in the Pacific Ocean.
The year 2022 started there at 11 Polish time.
Kiritimati is the inhabited land closest to the date line on its western side, so the inhabitants of this atoll are the first in the world to welcome each calendar day, including New Year. There are four more settlements on the island – Paris, London and Banana. According to the 2010 census, Poland was inhabited by approx. 440 people.
The village of Poland on Kiribati was named after Stanisław Pełczyński, who came there from a British cargo ship at the end of the 19th century. The Pole helped the natives, mainly in irrigating the plantations, and after his death, the church of St. Stanislaus. In turn, the bay in the lagoon was named after Saint Stanislaus.
At the same time as in Poland, New Year It began in the islands of Samoa and Tonga in Oceania.
An hour later (at 12 in Poland) the advent of 2022 was celebrated by the people of New Zealand.
At. On 14 Polish time, the New Year was welcomed by the inhabitants of Australia. A special 12-minute New Year’s fireworks show was held in Australia’s largest city, Sydney.
After Australia, the time will come, among others for Japan (4 p.m. in Poland) and China (5 p.m.) and other Asian countries.
Next New Year will be welcomed by Africa and Europe. Then it will be the Americas’ turn.
At the very end of 2021, we will say goodbye in Hawaii. It will be 11:00 in Poland then January 1, 2022.
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